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    Another quilting newby from the UK !

    Hi everyone. This is my first posting on the site although Ive been looking at the tutorials for some time. Its 11 pm and I have been on this site for the last 2 hours watching all the tutorials. I love the clear explanations and the close-up camera shots. Although I have made a few bags (log cabin design) - Im new to quilting and about to embark on my first single quilt - rail fence design. It looks quite straight forward but Im sure I will make a mistake along the way. I love this site and am sure I will be on the forum quite regularly. I live in Somerset which is in the West Country.

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    Nice to meet you! Please post a picture when your quilt is completed. I am brand new to quilting, and have not completed a quilt project yet. I am excited about quilting because of the great tutorials offerd here! What a lovely group thes "Misssouri Stars" are to learn from!
    Enjoy!

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      Welcome janjoy,ohhhhh I have vacationed in sommerset,what a lovely place it was too i remember the ad song that went with sommerset years ago lol.Im a brit too have lived in canada for several years now though.
      Quilting is good therapy.

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        Welcome!! Glad you are here and can't wait to see your quilt!
        Michele

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          Many thanks for your good wishes. Well - Ive started my rail fence quilt yesterday and believe it or not it took me nearly 2 hours just to cut out all the strips. Its time consuming making sure the strips are all the right size. I have sewn my first block together and was slightly disappointed. Each block is made up of 4 mini blocks of 3 strips. When I sewed them together there seemed to be an extra quarter of an inch on the end of one of the mini blocks. (Does that make sense)? I think I may have cut the strips a miniscule amount bigger. It proves I have to be really really accurate when cutting out. Any tips would be welcome. Im hoping to sew more block together today. They are ironed to perfection to begin with.

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            Hello Janjoy, it is nice to find another Brit here. Like you I have found the tutorials really helpful and everyone so welcoming

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              Cutting strips can be difficult, even after 15 years of quilting, I find it to be nerve wracking trying to keep them straight and exact.
              Maybe you could take off 1/4" of each side (you said end so thinking that lengthways - it's too long and then you would only have to take off the 1/2" from one of the ends), but if it's wideways, just take off the 1/4" of each side and I think that little amount would not make that much of a difference when it's all sewn together. The blocks do have to be square and the same size for them to all fit nicely together.

              Can't wait to see your lovely quilt. What colors are you using? I did one in purple and greens and another in yellow,green,orange,blue. They both turned out so pretty.

              Hugs,
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                Welcome to another person from far away, I LOVE it! This board is growing immensely, wow! Looking forward to your sharing your work with us!
                *HUGS* and Alohas, Bridgette

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                  Hello!!! Welcome to the forums, and I look forward to getting to know you!

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                    Welcome to MSQC glad to have you
                    One Moment at a time

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                      Hi ! Ive been busy with so many things this week that Ive not had an awful lot of time to do my rail fence or to come onto the forum. But I have sewn all the blocks together and a quilting friend of mine explained how to put the borders around using the filipe (?) method. Im using materials in pinks and white and its looking good so far! Will upload photo when its finished. I did have a bit of difficulty getting the seams to line up but again my friend told me how to "butt" the seams up against each other and its looking better now. Ah well - you have to start somewhere.

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